My own unapologetic opinions on books and writing.
by Julie Schoen
I don't normally read much of the introduction to cookbooks but go straight for the recipes. This one was an exception as the author's story about her mother and grandmother's talents for baking was actually very interesting. I also found myself actually reading through the recipes rather than picking and choosing a few of especial interest as I usually do.
I found myself saying "I'm going to have to try that," on many of the first recipes, though the bulk of them were pretty standard and there were an inordinate number using coconut, which I do like but not in everything! I started reading too close to Christmas this year to do some trials for my holiday baking, but I'll be trying out some of these recipes through the year and I expect some, like candy apple cookies, will make it into next year's holiday baking plans.
A lot of the recipes use ingredients only available in the U.S., and one was even made from a German Chocolate cake mix, so they aren't all the treasured family recipes that the introduction would lead me to believe. Still, a few of them look really good.